Imperial War Museum Build The Truce
Archive
Tag "international"

Build The Truce displays at IWM North and IWM London are based on interviews with real people. They have lived and worked in the aftermath of violent conflict from Kosovo and Northern Ireland to Iraq, El Salvador,  and Sierra Leone. Civilians, ex-paramilitaries, peace builders, medics and researchers share their stories and their views on  truce, and  its potential to unite – or divide.

In these original interview clips, they introduce themselves and their experiences of life as war comes to an end – and new struggles for peace begin.

You can watch more material from these interviews at the Build The Truce displays in IWM London and in IWM North, and we will keep adding  more links to Truce interviewees between now and the end of the month.

 

 

Read More

During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, all the nations taking part agree to support global truce. The host nation shows support for the Truce through practical and cultural activities  (see  June news) and here are some of the ways the UK  is making this happen for 2012:

In Barbados the British High Commission and a local NGO hosted a football match bringing together rival gangs from underprivileged areas -  neutral ground for  young people who would not go into each other’s areas for fear of violent conflict.

In Quito, Ecuador the British Embassy is sponsoring children’s rights projects, and supporting children’s participation to reduce their chances turning to social violence

In Sri Lanka, the UK High Commission hosted a sports day inspired by the Paralympics for participants with disabilities. Soldiers, ex- combatants and civilians, many of them former enemies in conflict, took part in the event.

In the Philippines the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office worked alongside local people to organise a coaching and football tournament, bringing together Christian and Muslim communities.

In Colombia 8 young sportspeople visited London 2012 as Olympic Truce ambassadors

The British High Commission in Sierra Leone hosted a basketball tournament between rival groups, calling the event ‘Hoops for Peace’.

I found this last item especially interesting. It may not sound like a huge achievement, but the ‘rival groups’ in Sierra Leone have a background of extremely violent civil war and armed conflict. I knew very little about this country and its conflict situation until we interviewed  Courtny Edwards, who worked with a medical aid agency just after the war ended in Sierra Leone. Some of her interview features in our displays at IWM North and IWM London. In case you miss them, I’ll upload links to clips from Courtny’s interview next week – more Truce films coming up over August and September as we head towards International Day of Peace in September.

It’s easy to be cynical about these kinds of projects. But for the people taking part – perhaps especially the young people born into conflict or post-conflict zones – it means a day, or maybe just 90 minutes, to play the game and celebrate. Its time out from conflict. It sounds a bit like truce to me.

Read More

Image of International Peace Day advert

Welcome to the latest Build the Truce pilot blog. Until March 2012 we’ll be sharing information about the people and places supporting conflict resolution - and letting you know how the Museum is working with them to create new displays about conflict, truce and resolution.

Through our collections and the organisations we work with, we’ll be signposting events and ways to get involved on this page.  We’ll also upload recorded material and invite guest blogs from people we’ve encountered through Build The Truce project work. Most importantly we’ll respond to your comments, and host your ideas,  as part of an open dialogue in these pages. We’re depending on you to bring different perspectives to the blog, so please take part. Looking forward to hearing from you.

See the Team page for more on the team; look at the About page for background info on the Build The Truce blog and project.

Read More

Image of IWM North

To mark the International Day of Peace on Wednesday 21 September, Imperial War Museum North opens its doors to organisations ‘working for peace’. The Expo is a chance for visitors to meet representatives from the  Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Amnesty, Freedom From Torture, Musicians Without Borders, Foundation For Peace and Bradford Peace Museum. These groups will host stalls in the Main Exhibition Space and answer visitors’ questions about their work on Sunday 18 and Monday 19 September 2011, between 10am – 4pm.

This is a fascinating chance to encounter those who work for peace at the heart of the Museum’s exhibition spaces -  if you are interested in coming along, check IWM North’s website for directions:http://north.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.27

There will also be short presentations in the Libeskind Rooms at the following times:

  • British Army Presentation Team – Sunday 18 & Monday 19 September at 12.30;
  • Alison Ronan (Manchester Metropolitan University) on Sunday 18 at 1.30;
  • Catharine Hardy (Freedom From Torture) on Sunday 18 at 2.30;
  • Royal Navy Presentation Team on Monday 19 at 1.15;
  • Reginald Kingston (experience with MSF) on Monday 19 at 2.30.

We’ll be updating the blog with more info about the events and the organisations taking part over the next few days.

Read More